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LEITH, Henry 4th of Barnes
(About 1445-)
GORDON, Elizabeth
(About 1460-)
LESLIE, John 2nd of Wardis, Provost of Aberdeen
(About 1460-1546)
CHALMER, Annabella
(About 1495-)
LEITH, Patrick of Harthill
(About 1507-1597)
LESLIE, Clara
(About 1515-)
LEITH, John 2nd of Harthill
(About 1534-About 1625)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. AUCHINLECK, Helen

2. FORBES, Katherine

LEITH, John 2nd of Harthill 1 2 3

  • Born: About 1534
  • Marriage (1): AUCHINLECK, Helen 1
  • Marriage (2): FORBES, Katherine probably after 1599 1
  • Died: About 1625 1

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John married Helen AUCHINLECK.1 (Helen AUCHINLECK was born about 1545 and died by July 1599 1.)


  Marriage Notes:

"It is quite certain that the elder (John Leith of Harthill) married Helen Auchinleck RMS 1593-1608, p. 310), who was dead by 1599 .... and virtually certain that he afterwards married a daughter of the seventh Lord Forbes, who survived him."

from Leiths of Harthill 1

John next married Katherine FORBES, daughter of William FORBES 7th Lord Forbes and Elizabeth KEITH co-heiress of Inverugie, probably after 1599.1 (Katherine FORBES was born about 1554.)


  Marriage Notes:

"It is quite certain that the elder (John Leith of Harthill) married Helen Auchinleck RMS 1593-1608, p. 310), who was dead by 1599 .... and virtually certain that he afterwards married a daughter of the seventh Lord Forbes, who survived him." (pages 28 and 29)

" .. in December 1633, Arthur, tenth Lord Forbes, John Leith's wife's kinsman, described himself as heritably infeft in the lands of Harthill and the tower and fortalice thereof. His right and peaceable possession had, he said, never been questioned until Abercromby of Auldrayne charged him to surrender it and on his refusal threatened legal proceedings....... Forbes himself was charged with resetting John Leith (4th of Harthill); to which he replied that he had only conferred with him ... for taking order with the rents and duties of the lands of Harthill, due to Katherine Forbes, Lady Harthill, his father's sister.

Now this Lady Harthill cannot have been the wife of the present laird, who was a Forbes but named Jean. Nor, it is certain, was she his father's wife, who had married Abercromby of Auldrayne ..... The presumption is, therefore, that she was the widow of the first John of Harthill (2nd laird), the violent laird's grandfather. Her nephew's reference to her great age supports this view. She was certainly a daughter of the seventh Lord Forbes ...... According to Dugdale's Peerage (Balfour paul's edition), the seventh Lord Forbes's daughter, Katherine, who was born in 1554, and would therefor have been nearly eighty at the time of these proceedings, married Barclay of Gartly; so that John Leith of Harthill must have been her second husband." (pages 53 and 54)

from Leiths of Harthill 1

Sources


1 e-books, The Leiths of Harthill : the story of some turbulent lairds and a royalist martyr by F.L. Bickley (1937).

2 e-books, The House of Gordon vol. 1 ed. John Malcolm Bulloch (1903).

3 e-books, Inverurie and the Earldom of the Garioch by John Davidson (1878).


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